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[wbs] response to 'Survey of W3C Community and Business Groups'

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The following answers have been successfully submitted to 'Survey of W3C
Community and Business Groups' (public) for Jan-Christoph Borchardt.



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Overall Experience
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Please rate your overall experience according to the following aspects:

 * Your overall experience with Community Groups and Business Groups.: [ 4
++++ ] 
 * Have you found the Community Groups and Business Groups documentation
adequate (FAQ, policy summaries, etc.)?: [ 3 +++ ] 

Comments (or a URI pointing to your comments): 
It’s ok, but the interface is partly really confusing. The most annoying
thing is the limit on username length, which forces me to use a completely
different username from anywhere also and hence also leads to log in
problems sometimes when I forget how exactly I spelled it.




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Work Flow
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Questions 4 through 9 focus on work flow.




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Discovery
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Did you find it easy to discover groups of interest to you?


 * (x) Yes
 * ( ) No

If not, why? (or any other comments): 
There aren’t that many, so it’s not that hard. But the interface for
doing it is a simple alphabetically sorted list, which makes not a lot of
sense. Rather it should probably sort by popularity or participants, or
prioritize by other groups which people of the community groups I am
already in are also in.




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Group Type Comparison
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If you have experience in both Working Group and Community or Business
Group, what advantages do you see for Working Groups? for Community or
Business Groups?

Comments (or a URI pointing to your comments): 





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Decision-making
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How is your Community or Business Group organized to make decisions? Have
you reached decisions on challenging problems? We'd love to hear your
successes or obstacles you've faced.
Comments (or a URI pointing to your comments): 
We use a mailing list – a Google Group outside of W3C though. It’s
easier to sign up for that and it has a way better web interface to enable
more people to participate.




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Ensuring Progress
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Are you satisfied with how the Community or Business Group makes progress?
What would enable you to make better progress?

Comments (or a URI pointing to your comments): 
Yes, but if the mailing list interface would be better and we could use
that as well then that would help a lot to move to more open technology.




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Transition to Working Group
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Do you expect to advance Community or Business Group deliverables to a W3C
Working Group? Please use the comment field for any information about the
transition (time frame, perceived obstacles or challenges).


 * ( ) Yes
 * ( ) No
 * (x) In discussion but not decided
 * ( ) No idea

Comments (or a URI pointing to your comments): 
We don’t know yet. First we have to stabilize the remoteStorage standard
we work on.




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Process, Patent and Copyright Policy, Contribution Agreements
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Do you have any suggestions for changes to the
Community Groups and Business Groups process,
Contributor Agreement, or
Final Specification Agreement that would facilitate participation?
Comments (or a URI pointing to your comments): 
Not really, because especially the agreements are really long and painful
to read. That’s basically also why we started »Terms of Service;
Didn’t Read«: http://tos-dr.info – it would be cool if you could help
us to rate your terms.




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Overall User Interface
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Please rate the usability of the following aspects:

 * The home page of your Community or Business Group: [ 2 ++ ] 
 * Other parts of the Community and Business Group Web site.: [ 2 ++ ] 

Comments (or a URI pointing to your comments): 
It’s a bit overkill. Too much text, navigation elements all over the
place, new pages for everything and little inline stuff, not clear what one
is able to do.




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User Accounts
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Please rate the usability of any of the following actions you carried out.

 * Requesting an account (if you did so just for Community Groups and
Business Groups): [ 1 + (lowest) ] 
 * Updating your affiliation in your account (if you were asked to do so):
[ 2 ++ ] 

Comments (or a URI pointing to your comments): 
This is really painful. Especially the aforementioned low username
character limit – this is really not necessary and arbitrarily makes
registering harder.




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Joining a Group
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Please, select the case that applies to you and comment on your experience
joining a group (via the click-through form).


 * ( ) I joined as a W3C Member employee, my request was processed by my
organization's Advisory Committee Representative
 * (x) I joined as a non-W3C Member employee, after getting my
organization's patent and copyright commitment
 * ( ) I joined as an individual, unaffiliated with any organization

Comments (or a URI pointing to your comments): 





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Creating a Group
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If you created a group, rate the usability of the following aspects:

 * Clarity of the process for proposing a group: [ 4 ++++ ] 
 * Clarity of the process by which people express support for a group: [ 4
++++ ] 

Comments (or a URI pointing to your comments): 
This is reasonably easy – just get people to join, that’s it.




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Group Operations
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Rate the usability of any of the following operations you have carried out.

 * Choosing a chair (via checkboxes on the participants page): [ 4 ++++ ] 
 * Publishing a draft specification (available to Chairs only): [ No
opinion ] 
 * Publishing a final specification (available to Chairs only): [ No
opinion ] 
 * Making a final specification commitment (through the click-through
form): [ No opinion ] 

Comments (or a URI pointing to your comments): 





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Suggestion Box
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What can we do to improve the experience of participating in a Community
Group or Business Group, tools you would find useful, or changes to enable
you to work more effectively?
Feedback: 
* Radically simplify the interface
* remove the username limit
* use BrowserID / Mozilla Persona for sign in
* have a mailing list interface at least as good as Google Mail
* never use alerts for log in but only HTML forms (where my browser can
remember my credentials)
* enable us to change the left side links (Mailing list, Chat, Issue
tracking) to custom destinations, as only use the wiki
* remove the reset button on this survey and any forms you might have




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Testimonial
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To help W3C spread the word about Community and Business Groups, we invite
you to provide a 1-paragraph testimonial about your Community Group or
Business Group experience that you authorize us to publicize. This is
purely optional.
Comments (or a URI pointing to your comments): 



These answers were last modified on 7 September 2012 at 04:58:27 U.T.C.
by Jan-Christoph Borchardt

Answers to this questionnaire can be set and changed at
https://www.w3.org/2002/09/wbs/1/2012CGBGsurvey/ until 2012-09-30.

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